Everton have reportedly offered James Rodriguez a four-year deal to try to entice him to Goodison Park and reunite him with Carlo Ancelotti, a coach who rates him “very highly”.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Toffees are believed to be the side most interested in the Colombia international, with Toffees head coach Ancelotti desperate to be reunited with him.
The Italian coached Rodriguez at Real Madrid and took him to Bayern Munich on loan while he was in charge there, as well as trying to bring him to Napoli last summer.
“I’m not aware of a deal with Atletico,” Ancelotti told TV Luna – as quoted by Football Italia – last summer. “We’re still talking for James, a player that I really like.
“I’m very attached to James, I rate him very highly and he can certainly improve our team. He doesn’t need to re-announce himself, he’s a great player. But he’s not the only player we’re openly negotiating for. We’re assessing many players.”
In the end, Rodriguez returned to the Bernabeu last summer after his lengthy stint at Bayern but has fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane, having made just 13 appearances this term.
The 28-year-old burst onto the scene after impressing with Colombia at the 2014 World Cup and winning the Golden Boot, prompting Real to sign him from Monaco for a reported £63million (The Telegraph).
Rodriguez began brightly for Los Blancos, with 13 goals and 13 assists in La Liga in his first season, but he wasn’t able to hit those same heights going forward amid injuries and loss of form.
Real reportedly want €40million (£34million) for the attacker, who is also believed to be on the radar of Arsenal, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Rodriguez is undoubtedly a talented player, once considered to be amongst the best young players in the world, and on his day he is unplayable.
Admittedly he may haven’t had the best time at Real, while Bayern opted not to make his loan deal permanent, and he’s had his fair share of injury issues over the past few years.
However, Everton still ought to take a chance on him – aside from his great working history with Ancelotti, he would be a high-quality marquee signing which would create a huge buzz around Goodison Park.
Rodriguez is a versatile midfielder and attacker who thrives in the number 10 and number 9 position alike, boasts pace, technical skills and great vision, can play with both feet, and gets plenty of goals and assists.